The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute operational team has responsibility for the day-to-day implementation of the Institute strategy. Please get in touch with us if you would like to know more about the activities of the institute or are interested in collaborative opportunities.
Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Executive Director
Rachael has been Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute since August 2017. She is Professor of Health and Anthropology and is committed to interdisciplinary health research. Her vision for the Institute centres on supporting excellent research that has real impact on health. Read more about Rachael's research.
Dr Richard Seabrook, EBI Advisor on Business Development
Richard provides leadership to support the growth of partnerships and alliances with industry in the space across the health arena and assist with maximising opportunities to benefit from external funding streams to support these activities such as the government’s new Industry Strategy Challenge Fund. He also plays a central role in identifying new opportunities to translate our fundamental research across the University of Bristol’s entire health research portfolio into commercial impact.
Dr Nina Couzin, Institute Manager
Nina has a background in Physical Sciences and had a career in scientific publishing prior to joining the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute in 2013. She is responsible for working closely with the Director on the development and implementation of the strategy for the Institute and managing its operational activities.
Mrs Lisa King, Programme Manager
Lisa has a background in Genetics and is an experienced Project and Programme Manager with a particular interest in research funding and the industry/academia interface. Lisa's current role at the EBI is complemented by her role at Bristol Health Partners, which provides her with extensive access to the clinical community across the Bristol area.
Mrs Jocelyn Egginton, Executive Assistant
Jocelyn's hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday morning. Jocelyn & Karen administer the day to day running of the EBI and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Karen Wallace, Executive Assistant
Karen's hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Jocelyn & Karen administer the day to day running of the EBI and can be contacted on email@example.com
Mrs Sarah Blackmore, Funding Officer
Sarah's hours are Monday and Wednesday - Friday. Sarah administers all of the EBI funding schemes and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Georgia Bladon, Public Engagement Associate
Georgia is currently on secondment to the Wellcome Trust. Her role is being covered by Didier Laval (see below).
- Ms Ellie Shipman, Public Engagement Officer/Fun Palaces Ambassador
Mr Didier Laval, Public Engagement Associate
Didier has a background in Physics and Theatrical Studies, and has been working in Public Engagement with several European science centres before joining the EBI. His current role is to curate and implement the EBI Public Engagement programme, as well as to advise and support EBI-funded researchers on their public engagement plans.
Mrs Lauren Curtis, Diversity & Inclusion Champion
Lauren’s role is to champion and challenge equality, diversity and inclusion within health and biomedical research communities at the University of Bristol, carried out under the umbrella of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. She has a background in a range of settings including a Disability Charity, Pupil Referral Unit (for those excluded from mainstream school) and Youth Offending. She has more recently worked in Widening Participation in Higher Education.
The EBI operational team works very closely with colleagues in the Research and Enterprise Development department of the University of Bristol and in particular with the Research Development team led by Dr Simon Gray and including Research Development Managers for the Faculties of Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences (Dr Zoe Holland, Ms Collette Sheahan & Dr Jacqueline Oakley). The EBI operational team also works closely with the Commercialisation and Impact Development and Programme Management teams at the University of Bristol.